14 JulStillbirths: The Invisible Public Health Problem

From the MISS Foundation website... Some 2.6 million third trimester stillbirths worldwide occur every year, according to the first comprehensive set of stillbirth estimates, published within this special series prompted by the World Health Organization in the medical journal The Lancet. Every day more than 7,300 babies are born dead. A death occurs just when parents expect to welcome a new life. "The death of a baby to stillbirth is devastating to families, and we haven't done enough, historically, to understand its etiology," says Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, Assistant Professor and researcher on the psychological effects of stillbirth at Arizona State University and President and Founder of the MISS Foundation, an international organization that cares for families facing infant and child death. Kathy Sandler, MSW, Executive Director for the MISS Foundation notes that "the MISS Foundation understands first-hand how traumatic the death of a baby is for families… we've been spearheading efforts to pass legislation on how stillbirths are recorded- and how these mothers are treated in the process- in the U.S. and have been successful in 27 states."  Read more...

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